Daniel's Dream - Part  II

     In this part of the study we are going to first look at Daniel Chapter 7 : 4 - 6.  It's short and sweet.  Mainly because the emphasis is on the present more so than the past.

First, a winged lion (Coincides with head of gold in Nebuchadnezzar's dream)

     An exact representation of the Babylonian national symbol.  Daniel had seen (witnessed) the fulfillment of this part of his vision.  The King of Babylon, who happened to be Nebuchadnezzar, had risen to high levels of accomplishment and took pride in his success hence the eagle's wings.
     God struck him down hence the plucking of his wings.  Nebuchadnezzar lost his his mind and ate grass like an ox for seven years.  Afterwards God restored his mind.  Nebuchadnezzar returned to his kingdom with the "heart of a man" and an appreciation for the power of God.  The part of Nebuchadnezzar's story is within the book of Daniel chapter 4.  God had started the vision (dream) that he gave to Daniel with a foundation he was familiar with that would lead to other subjects.  In other words, an added reminder, picking up where he had left off.

Second, a lopsided bear (Coincides with breast and arms of silver)

     This beast represents the Medes and the Persians (Medeo-Persian Empire).  The reason the bear is lopsided was due to the fact that the Medes were more prominent than the Persians although King Cyrus of Persia moved to capture the Babylonian Empire around 539 B.C. defeating Babylon's army along the Tigris River just south of modern day Baghdad.  Remember, it is noted in history that the Medes and Persians had relations.  The three ribs that are in the bears mouth represents the Empire's conquest of territories:  Lydia around 546 B.C., Babylon around 539 B.C. and Egypt around 525 B.C.

Third, a four headed leopard with four wings of a bird.  Whoa.  I'd of woken up!  Coincides with belly and thighs of brass.

     A reminder, brass is actually bronze here within this verse which will be covered more in detail later in the studies of the book of revelation.

     This beast represents The Greek Empire under Alexander the Great.  The four heads represent the four generals that divided the Empire after Alexander's death in 323 B.C.  The leopard and wings represents the swiftness of the four generals as well as the speed of the Greek military.  The four generals are Cassander reigning over Macedonia and Greece, Seleucus reigning over Syria and Mesopotamia,Ptolemy I reigning over Israel and Egypt, and Lysimachus reigning over Thrace and Asia Minor.

     Note :  Before moving on to the fourth beast, first take a look at chapter 8 within the book of Daniel.  Specifically verses 16 through 25.  Gabriel sums up the whole chapter concerning Daniel's second vision stating that the Medeo-Persian Empire will come next, followed by the Greek Empire defeating the Medo-Persian Empire and finally the Empire of Rome defeating the Greek Empire with a little bit being stated of what would happen during the latter days of Rome and Greece up to the modern day and near future.  Of course one would have to know history concerning the Empires and what has been left in place since then.  This is why I say the study of history is so important.  Now you know as to why one should not follow but rather go and seek out for oneself.  Ask and it shall be given, knock and the door will be opened.

Continue to Part III